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Macon is often called the cherry blossom capital of the United States. The city in Central Georgia is home to about 350,000 Yoshino cherry trees! When they bloom in late March, Macon hosts the International Cherry Blossom Festival, one of the largest festivals of this kind in the country.
The ten-day International Cherry Blossom Festival captures the short-living beauty of blooming cherry trees and offers plenty of entertainment for all ages. Start from sampling local craft beers, go rafting on the Ocmulgee River, fly in a hot air balloon, or explore historical Native American mounds. Don't forget to try excellent Southern food and listen to some blues! The Macon International Cherry Blossom Festival features concerts, theater, animal shows, running events, dances, and fair rides. However, tours and walks along Macon's famous Cherry Blossom Trails are undoubtedly the festival's main attraction.
Most events take place at Carolyn Crayton Park (formerly known as Central City Park). Additionally, the entertainment during the cherry blossom season includes the Downtown Macon Street Festival with hundreds of arts and crafts vendors, as well as the International Food Fair. Cherry Blossom Street Party with lots of live rock, blues, and country music, Macon Cherry Blossom Parade marks the culmination of festivities. Visitors will see dozens of floats, marching bands, and actors. The celebration ends with the Tunes and Balloons Festival Finale when thousands of spectators gather to see colorful hot air balloons glowing at dusk. People bring their own lawn chairs to relax and listen to the local orchestra Macon Pops' live music concert.